Another gorgeously readable and oh so captivating slice of historical fiction from Elizabeth Fremantle. Arbella Stuart, with her impressive lineage was a Queen in the making. As Elizabeth I dominated and ferociously defended her reign, Arbella was in a hideously dangerous position as presumed heir. Aemilia Lanyer is a remarkable historical figure in her own right, and in this novel finds her story linked to Arbella, two separate stories, yet the tales intertwine. Arbella’s is told in the first person with a touching fragility and intensity, as Ami reads Arbella’s papers and recollects. Elizabeth Fremantle has such a lyrical and evocative writing style, I bore witness to two women who longed to fly free, I felt their loneliness and pain and supported their strength and tenacity. A sense of foreboding pervades the pages, and knowing the course of history doesn't alter the connection to this story. Haunting, emotional and thought-provoking, ‘The Girl in the Glass Tower’ is a beautiful foray into the past.
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
Elizabeth Fremantle's The Girl in the Glass Tower is a stunning historical thriller set in the chaos leading up to the death of Elizabeth I. Tap. Tap. Tap on the window. Something, someone wanting to be heard. Waiting to be free. Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe. Aemilia Lanyer - writer and poet - enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future. Ensnared in another woman's desperate schemes, Aemilia must tread carefully or share her terrible fate ...The Girl in the Glass Tower brilliantly explores what it means to be born a woman in a man's world, where destiny is strictly controlled and the smallest choices may save - or destroy - us. Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle: 'If you read one Tudor tome this summer, make it this one. Fascinating and vividly drawn, the ending is heartbreaking' The Times 'Book of the Month' 'A top-notch literary thriller. Shots are fired, troths are plighted, sea voyages taken, escapes dared and mysteries solved' Daily Telegraph 'A glamourous tale peopled by warrior poets, flamboyant courtiers and shameless loves, it is also sharp, perceptive and dramatic' Sunday Express 'Arbella Stuart was a pawn, at the mercy of the powerful people around her. Hers is a sad and moving tale, and Fremantle tells it beautifully' History Girls 'Beautifully written, completely engrossing and a book that stays with you after the pages are closed. Highly recommended' Historia 'Fremantle shows how dangerous it was being closely related to Elizabeth I. A cracking read' Prima
'Filled with dense, dark political and social intrigue, this is five-star historical fiction' Daily Mail
'If you read one Tudor tome this summer, make it this one. Fascinating and vividly drawn, the ending is heartbreaking' The Times'Book of the Month
'A top-notch literary thriller. Shots are fired, troths are plighted, sea voyages taken, escapes dared and mysteries solved' Daily Telegraph
'An eloquent novel, steeped in Tudor literary culture' Express
'Beautifully written, completely engrossing and a book that stays with you after the pages areclosed. Highly recommended' Historia
Publication date: 09/02/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
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Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason and Watch the Lady. She holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair. Author Photo © Phyllis ChristopheriMore About Elizabeth Fremantle